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Philipp Peterer

Since 2008 visiting WHS is my primary obsession. I started with about 40 sites I had seen without particular knowledge of their world heritage status and managed to boost this number since. It helped that I started to work for the national airline in 2010 and I had a few years where I could travel intensely. In 2012 I had my personal record year, visiting 60 sites. Between December 2010 and March 2013 I was able to visit 1 or more sites every single month. In March 2013 my son was born, so currently I’m reduced to a much slower pace and the occasional weekend escape on my own.

I really like the diversity of the list. I favor medieval related sites, industrial sites and Greek/Roman remains, if they are clearly visible. On the rear end are modern architecture and fossil sites. The true spirit of our common hobby reveals itself to me each time I visit a place I would have never dreamed of if it wasn’t for the list and turns out to be amazing, such as Sceilg Mhichíl, the Wadi Al Hitan or the Ajanta Caves.

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Le Morne Philipp Peterer

Le Morne by Philipp Peterer

Le Morne is easily visible from all around the area, especially the fancy hotels at the beach. To enter the core zone however you have to drive to the only entrance. It’s marked on the main road as “access to mountain”. It’s from either side a 1.5km bumpy unpaved road. The door is open from 7am to 4pm. Entrance is free. The first part is a rather easy uphill stroll. The second part is protected by an iron fence and door that can only be opened by official guides. There is no official close to the fence and climbing it seems to be a very popular option for both locals and tourists.

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Aapravasi Ghat Philipp Peterer

Aapravasi Ghat by Philipp Peterer

I was really lucky I could enter, as the site was already closed when I arrived on a Saturday at 12:30. The friendly keeper let me in, so I could have a look at what is unfortunately a very underwhelming WHS. The area itself is tiny. You can see it in about 5 minutes. The only decent building is reconstructed. From the rest, only a few walls or even less is left. It has very limited opening times. Mon-Fri 9-4. Sat 9-12, Sun closed. Fun fact is that it’s basically signposted from the airport on the other end of the island.

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Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T) Philipp Peterer

Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T) by Philipp Peterer

I finally managed to visit all 3 castles. All of them, especially Neuschwanstein, don’t really need the title for touristic reasons. About 1.5 million visit Neuschwanstein each year. The other 2 castles combined see about the same amount of visitors. Still I personally think need to be on the WH list.

Neuschwanstein

It has the most spectacular location and structure. The castle was inspiration to the Disney Castle. Getting there is pretty easy. Use the highway until Füssen. It’s a short drive from there. The interior of the castle is not too spectacular. You are only allowed to enter by guided tour and no photos are allowed. You can easily visit Hohenschwangau close to the castle (not part of the T-List) and the Wies church.

Linderhof

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Sukhothai Philipp Peterer

Sukhothai by Philipp Peterer

I visited Sukhothai as a day trip from Bangkok. Bangkok Airways offers 2 daily flights making it easy to fly in, visit and fly out the same day. I paid about USD 100 for the return trip. The morning flight arrives 8:15 am. The airline offers a shuttle bus to and from the historical park (600 Baht return fare). For 30 Baht I rented a bike for the day. I would not recommend visiting the site on foot only. The site itself is beautiful. I have nothing to add to the other reviews. I entered the historical park on 9:25 and the bus left for the airport at 3 pm. This was more than enough time to visit all, including the outlying temples.

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Pearling Philipp Peterer

Pearling by Philipp Peterer

Unlike Els I did not particularly like this site. I stupidly tried to see as many of the enlisted properties as possible. Don’t. I suggest you drive straight to the Isa Bin Ali House (my Sygic app knew the place) and visit that one. From there you can reach the still closed Siyadi house in about 2 minutes by foot and shoot some pictures from the outside and end your visit. I spent around 1.5 hours chasing the other places. I found 2 larger places that are under heavy renovation and not even worth a picture, 1 tiny sign that said Pearling Pathway ant pointed to nowhere and the only other open “house”, a ruin in the south with a few expositions inside. This WHS might become interesting in a few years, when all reconstruction is finished.

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Profile data

Name: Philipp Peterer

Country: Switzerland

Visited WHS: 429

Most Impressive: Machu Picchu

Proposal New WHS: Ancient Salamis (Northern Cyprus)

Lists

  1. Imperial Tombs
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  4. Cape Floral Region
  5. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  6. Land of Frankincense
  7. Kinabalu Park
  8. Arequipa
  9. Val di Noto
  10. Villa d'Este
  11. Val d'Orcia
  12. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  13. Saltaire
  14. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  15. Derwent Valley Mills
  16. Guimarães
  17. Vienna
  18. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  19. Yungang Grottoes
  20. Masada
  21. Old City of Acre
  22. Aranjuez
  23. Alto Douro
  24. Tugendhat Villa
  25. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  26. Churches of Peace
  27. Mazagan
  28. Tokaji Wine Region
  29. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  30. Stralsund and Wismar
  31. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  32. Trebic
  33. Kew Gardens
  34. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  35. Monte San Giorgio
  36. White City of Tel-Aviv
  37. Novodevichy Convent
  38. Incense Route of the Negev
  39. Biblical Tells
  40. Macao
  41. Muskauer Park
  42. Primeval Beech Forests
  43. Kernavë Archeological Site
  44. Liverpool
  45. Causses and Cévennes
  46. Regensburg
  47. Etruscan Necropolises
  48. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  49. Pitons Management Area
  50. Centennial Hall
  51. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  52. Le Havre
  53. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  54. Wadi Al-Hitan
  55. Struve Geodetic Arc
  56. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  57. Bali Subak system
  58. West Norwegian Fjords
  59. Syracuse
  60. Central Highlands
  61. Aflaj irrigation system
  62. Genoa
  63. Vizcaya Bridge
  64. Bahá’i Holy Places
  65. Melaka and George Town
  66. Preah Vihear Temple
  67. Aapravasi Ghat
  68. Dolomites
  69. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  70. Stari Grad Plain
  71. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  72. San Marino and Mount Titano
  73. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  74. Bordeaux
  75. Le Morne
  76. Caral-Supe
  77. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  78. Rhaetian Railway
  79. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  80. Fortifications of Vauban
  81. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  82. Stoclet House
  83. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  84. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  85. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  86. Valletta
  87. Wadden Sea
  88. Longobards in Italy
  89. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  90. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  91. Albi
  92. Jantar Mantar
  93. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  94. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  95. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  96. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  97. Pearling
  98. Elvas
  99. Fagus Factory
  100. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  101. Serra de Tramuntana
  102. Bridgetown
  103. Wadi Rum
  104. Margravial Opera House
  105. University of Coimbra
  106. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  107. Mount Carmel Caves
  108. Lenggong Valley
  109. Al Zubarah
  110. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  111. Stevns Klint
  112. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  113. Burgundy
  114. Mount Etna
  115. Bethlehem
  116. Van Nellefabriek
  117. Corvey
  118. Qhapaq Ñan
  119. Champagne
  120. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  121. Par force hunting landscape
  122. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  123. Old City of Jerusalem
  124. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  125. Arab-Norman Palermo
  126. Battir
  127. Gorham's Cave Complex
  128. Antequera Dolmens Site
  129. Stećci
  130. Venetian Works of Defence
  131. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  132. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  133. Fontainebleau
  134. Amiens Cathedral
  135. Orange
  136. Arles
  137. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  138. Speyer Cathedral
  139. Würzburg Residence
  140. Medina of Fez
  141. Florence
  142. Medici Villas and Gardens
  143. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  144. Anuradhapura
  145. Polonnaruva
  146. Sigiriya
  147. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  148. Rila Monastery
  149. Avignon
  150. Nancy
  151. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  152. Red Fort
  153. Humayun's Tomb
  154. Qutb Minar
  155. Ajanta Caves
  156. Ellora Caves
  157. Elephanta Caves
  158. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  159. Agra Fort
  160. Taj Mahal
  161. Fatehpur Sikri
  162. Belem
  163. Monastery of Batalha
  164. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  165. La Fortaleza
  166. Old City of Berne
  167. Abbey of St Gall
  168. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  169. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  170. Lübeck
  171. Cuzco
  172. Machu Picchu
  173. Vatican City
  174. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  175. Cracow
  176. Cologne Cathedral
  177. Aachen Cathedral
  178. Warsaw
  179. Statue of Liberty
  180. Yosemite National Park
  181. Auschwitz Birkenau
  182. Altamira Cave
  183. Segovia
  184. Asturian Monuments
  185. Cordoba
  186. Granada
  187. Burgos Cathedral
  188. El Escurial
  189. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  190. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  191. Petra
  192. Chavin
  193. Medina of Marrakesh
  194. Huascaran National Park
  195. Keoladeo National Park
  196. Pont du Gard
  197. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  198. Avila
  199. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  200. Istanbul
  201. Evora
  202. Chan Chan
  203. Trier
  204. Giant's Causeway
  205. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  206. Ironbridge Gorge
  207. Studley Royal Park
  208. Stonehenge
  209. Gwynedd Castles
  210. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  211. Toledo
  212. Salamanca
  213. Seville
  214. Caceres
  215. Studenica Monastery
  216. Skocjan Caves
  217. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  218. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  219. Venice and its Lagoon
  220. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  221. Castel del Monte
  222. Budapest
  223. Hollókö
  224. Acropolis
  225. Sinharaja Forest
  226. Palenque
  227. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  228. Teotihuacan
  229. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  230. Puebla
  231. Ibiza
  232. Boyana Church
  233. Lake District
  234. Blenheim Palace
  235. Westminster
  236. City of Bath
  237. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  238. Bahla Fort
  239. Great Wall
  240. Imperial Palace
  241. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  242. Peking Man Site
  243. Kandy
  244. Old Town of Galle
  245. Meteora
  246. Thessalonika
  247. Hortobágy
  248. Luang Prabang
  249. Chichen-Itza
  250. Tower of London
  251. Epidaurus
  252. Rhodes
  253. Strasbourg
  254. Canterbury
  255. Lima
  256. Monastery of Alcobaça
  257. Mystras
  258. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  259. Olympia
  260. Poblet Monastery
  261. Úbeda and Baeza
  262. Sanchi
  263. Kiev
  264. Potsdam
  265. Quedlinburg
  266. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  267. Vilnius
  268. Kremlin and Red Square
  269. Maulbronn Monastery
  270. Royal Palace at Caserta
  271. San Gimignano
  272. Birka and Hovgarden
  273. Engelsberg Ironworks
  274. Skogskyrkogarden
  275. Drottningholm
  276. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  277. Sukhothai
  278. Ban Chiang
  279. Ayutthaya
  280. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  281. Bryggen
  282. Dong Phayayen
  283. Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
  284. Villages with Fortified Churches
  285. Monastery of Horezu
  286. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  287. Reims
  288. Komodo National Park
  289. Prague
  290. Cesky Krumlov
  291. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  292. Telc
  293. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  294. Bamberg
  295. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  296. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  297. Bourges Cathedral
  298. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  299. Brú na Bóinne
  300. Mérida
  301. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  302. Angkor
  303. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  304. Matera
  305. Donana National Park
  306. Völklingen Ironworks
  307. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  308. Roskilde Cathedral
  309. Kronborg Castle
  310. City of Luxembourg
  311. Nasca Lines
  312. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  313. Vicenza
  314. Siena
  315. Messel Pit
  316. Sintra
  317. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  318. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  319. Naples
  320. Edinburgh
  321. Bauhaus Sites
  322. Crespi d'Adda
  323. Kutna Hora
  324. Ferrara
  325. Schokland
  326. Oporto
  327. Sceilg Mhichíl
  328. Pannonhalma
  329. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  330. Everglades
  331. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  332. Canal du Midi
  333. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  334. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  335. Independence Hall
  336. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  337. Cuenca
  338. La Lonja de la Seda
  339. Salzburg
  340. Semmering Railway
  341. Schönbrunn
  342. The trulli of Alberobello
  343. Ravenna
  344. Pienza
  345. Paphos
  346. Meknes
  347. Maritime Greenwich
  348. Verona
  349. Mont-Saint-Michel
  350. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  351. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  352. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  353. Chartres Cathedral
  354. Trogir
  355. Kinderdijk
  356. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  357. Botanical Garden, Padua
  358. Aquileia
  359. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  360. Modena
  361. Urbino
  362. Pompei
  363. Versailles
  364. Costiera Amalfitana
  365. Agrigento
  366. Villa Romana del Casale
  367. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  368. Volubilis
  369. Medina of Tétouan
  370. Vézelay
  371. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  372. Classical Weimar
  373. Choirokoitia
  374. Vézère Valley
  375. Flemish Béguinages
  376. The Four Lifts
  377. Grand Place, Brussels
  378. Holy Trinity Column
  379. Pyramids (Memphis)
  380. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  381. Holasovice
  382. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  383. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  384. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  385. Lyon
  386. Provins
  387. Tarraco
  388. Alcala de Henares
  389. Summer Palace
  390. Temple of Heaven
  391. Bellinzone
  392. Historic Cairo
  393. Campeche
  394. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  395. Wartburg Castle
  396. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  397. Beemster Polder
  398. Litomysl Castle
  399. Sighisoara
  400. Dacian Fortresses
  401. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  402. Isole Eolie
  403. Rome
  404. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  405. Robben Island
  406. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
  407. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  408. Palmeral of Elche
  409. Graz
  410. Loire Valley
  411. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  412. Mycenae and Tiryns
  413. Belfries
  414. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  415. Mostar
  416. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  417. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  418. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  419. Split
  420. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  421. Bardejov Town
  422. Reichenau
  423. Zollverein
  424. Plitvice Lakes
  425. Vall de Boi
  426. Atapuerca
  427. Assisi
  428. Curonian Spit
  429. Brugge
  1. Amritsar
  2. Atacama Desert
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Golden Gate Bridge
  6. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  7. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol
  8. Lake Titicaca
  9. Neuschwanstein Castle
  10. Panama Canal
  11. Scrovegni's Chapel
  12. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  13. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  14. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Cape Floral Region
  3. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  4. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  5. Yungang Grottoes
  6. Aranjuez
  7. Kenya Lake System
  8. Kew Gardens
  9. Etruscan Necropolises
  10. Le Havre
  11. Wadi Al-Hitan
  12. Timbuktu
  13. Kathmandu Valley
  14. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  15. Caral-Supe
  16. Jantar Mantar
  17. Redwood
  18. Elvas
  19. Wadi Rum
  20. Okavango Delta
  21. Sydney Opera House
  22. Florence
  23. Sigiriya
  24. Rila Monastery
  25. Qutb Minar
  26. Hampi
  27. Ajanta Caves
  28. Ellora Caves
  29. Elephanta Caves
  30. Agra Fort
  31. Taj Mahal
  32. Fatehpur Sikri
  33. Old City of Berne
  34. Abbey of St Gall
  35. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  36. Cuzco
  37. Machu Picchu
  38. Yellowstone
  39. Vatican City
  40. Cracow
  41. Baalbek
  42. Statue of Liberty
  43. Yosemite National Park
  44. Auschwitz Birkenau
  45. Altamira Cave
  46. Segovia
  47. El Escurial
  48. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  49. Petra
  50. Chavin
  51. Medina of Marrakesh
  52. Pont du Gard
  53. Avila
  54. Iguacu
  55. Göreme NP
  56. Chan Chan
  57. Site of Carthage
  58. Ironbridge Gorge
  59. Stonehenge
  60. Gwynedd Castles
  61. Toledo
  62. Salamanca
  63. Ngorongoro
  64. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  65. Venice and its Lagoon
  66. Teotihuacan
  67. Westminster
  68. Great Wall
  69. Imperial Palace
  70. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  71. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  72. Uluru
  73. Old Town of Galle
  74. Mount Athos
  75. Meteora
  76. Chichen-Itza
  77. Epidaurus
  78. Mystras
  79. Olympia
  80. Sanchi
  81. Quedlinburg
  82. Kremlin and Red Square
  83. Sukhothai
  84. Bryggen
  85. Borobudur
  86. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  87. Reims
  88. Komodo National Park
  89. Cesky Krumlov
  90. Telc
  91. Tikal National Park
  92. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  93. Brú na Bóinne
  94. Mérida
  95. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  96. Lumbini
  97. Angkor
  98. Ha Long Bay
  99. Ancient Kyoto
  100. Nasca Lines
  101. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  102. Rapa Nui
  103. Siena
  104. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  105. Sintra
  106. Crespi d'Adda
  107. Grand Canyon
  108. Sceilg Mhichíl
  109. Genbaku Dome
  110. Paphos
  111. Mont-Saint-Michel
  112. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  113. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  114. Urbino
  115. Pompei
  116. Versailles
  117. Agrigento
  118. Villa Romana del Casale
  119. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  120. Vézère Valley
  121. Pyramids (Memphis)
  122. Ancient Thebes
  123. Ancient Nara
  124. Nubian Monuments
  125. Summer Palace
  126. Rome
  127. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
  128. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  129. Mycenae and Tiryns
  130. Dubrovnik
  131. Lorentz National Park
  132. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  133. Plitvice Lakes
  134. Brugge
  135. Virunga National Park